Horror-themed attraction proposed near Central

The owner of The 13th Gate, the popular haunted house on the southern edge of downtown Baton Rouge, is considering putting a horror-themed attraction just south of Central.

Dwayne Sanburn, of Midnight Productions, which operates The 13th Gate, would not discuss the details since the attraction is still likely a few years away from reality on a 75-acre tract he is considering southeast of where Joor Road meets Mickens Road.

But filings with the city-parish Planning Commission indicate 13th Gate Park could include a 15-acre hayride and zombie run; about four acres for outdoor laser tag; a corn maze; and seven acres of grass parking lot. Future phases would include a 15,000-square-foot haunted house and cemetery on four acres.

Sanburn wouldn’t elaborate on the features listed in the filing and cautioned they could change between now and when the park could open.

The 13th Gate has been voted among the top haunted houses in the country by Hauntworld.com, MTV, AOL Cityguide, Fangoria Magazine, Haunted Attraction Magazine and The Travel Channel, according to Midnight Productions’ website.

During the Halloween season, the downtown Baton Rouge haunted house, along with the Necropolis 13 outdoor attraction next door, features more than 100 professional actors, and has 12 special effects makeup and airbrush artists and several costume specialists.